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in lebanon. the shia militant group hezbollah is sending fighters across the border to help troops loyal to syrian president bashar al assad. radical sunni groups are supporting the opposition forces. earlier this month a car bomb went off in a hezbollah stronghold in lebanon's capital beirut. the explosion killed more than 20 people. >>> u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon is urging the syrian government to let inspectors thoroughly investigate the latest allegations regarding the use of chemical weapons. opposition leaders in the country say government forces targeted their towns with poison gas. ban is taking the accusation seriously. >> any use of chemical weapons anywhere by anybody under any circumstances would violate international law. such a crime against humanity should result in serious consequences for the perpetrator. >> opposition leaders say forces loyal to president bashar al assad fired rockets loaded with chemical weapons at their stronghold in a suburb of damascus. they say the attack killed hundreds of people. government officials say the claims are absolutely baseless
their allies see the survival of the regime is at steak, what are they going to do. hezbollah armed group could retail late against israel. so yes, there is fear and there is also the possibility that lebanon is going to see a massive influx of refugees escaping from do mass cuss, and this is going to put more pressure on this country, which is trying to cope with all of the refugees. so yes, people are worried here especially if -- this is not just limited air strikes and we see the possibility of a regional war. >> all right. zana thank you very much. >>> another close ally of syria, iran has also warned against military intervention saying it would not have legal backing, and would only engulf the region in further conflict. >> translator: we hope the american and european leaders who seek attacks have enough wisdom, to not do this. >> the stand off over syria is deepening. we have mike in london, and we have the uk's reaction to possible intervention. first to the united nation and our diplomatic editor, james bays is there. james reports that western pow verse told this syrian opposition t
he will not use chemical weapons again we threaten retaliation and iran and hezbollah and russia with verbal retaliation, there are no easy answers, this goes back to president's year ago saying drawing a red line in the sound probably believing -- in the sand, probably believing he would never have to follow that with nobody crossing it. lori: is there anyway this crisis, can end well? >> no, that is the optimum question. the problem circumstance we the united states -- we the united states failed to step up when resistance started to put itself together, we failed to pick out the members of resistance who share our values and willing to have peace with israel who wanted democracy, maybe not perfect democracy. and while we failed that is up authority them, hard -- support them, hard-core islamist resistance group moved in al qaeda is in there. and saudis are supporting the wrong people, we have this resistance that is really tough, really strong, the ones we like are not strong, i think when assad falls, and resistance takes over, that is not going to be in a resis san in syria
, hezbollah, russia, and the opposition getting support from some of the asia countries. what icountries--of some of the arab countries. what is not getting support is the middle ground. >> i hate to bring this up, but it sure sounds a lot like what we heard about iraq. >> right, and. >> and it didn't work. >> let's take several phase ms. iraq. going to washing in iraq. that was based on mistaken intelligence, and it's highly debatable as to the basis of which the decision to go to war in walk was held. secondly, there was a misinformation of what was going on and we lost control of the situation on the ground in iraq. third there was a surge in iraq. it was stabilizing, there was an election, and the u.s. presence was key to the continuing stability. fourth, that u.s. presence was yanked out and the situation again has destabilized from there. in the case of syria i don't think you can draw every direct parallel there but you can make a couple. one of them is if you're going to involve yourself in syria you got to have a longer term strategy, not short-term. and secondly, it has top inc
group but not hezbollah. southern lebanon is a hezbollah stronghold and there have been long been tensions along the border. earlier this month four israeli soldiers were wounded in an explosion in the area. >>> a former star in the chinese communist party is fighting for his future. the trial of bo xilai is under way. the disgraced politician was once tipped for top leadership. now she's facing charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power. day one of the trial unfolded thursday in jinan. access is limited but video was shown online something experts say is an unusual move. a court spokesperson read out the indictment to journalists. the spokesman said that bo took bribes from ult iple companies. he denies that. bo is also charged with using his power to obstruct investigations into a murder committed by his wife. last year a court found her guilty of conspiring with an aid to poison a british businessman and sent her to jail. bo is one of china's so-called princelings or children of senior party officials mep was mayor and party secretary in the mega city of chongqing. par
.s. strikes? how will syria's allies respond? iran backs syria. so does hezbollah and lebanon, iraq and russia. iran and hezbollah both have missiles that can hit israel. israel put its missile defense system on high alert, deployed more troops near the syrian border and called up reservists as israelis lined up for gas masks. what happens if assad falls? a lot depends on how far the u.s. goes. big strikes and the syrian regime could collapse leaving rebels including a growing number to al qaeda to fight for control. assad, desperate, could even use more kem cap weapons. and what happens if the strikes have no impact? assad stays in power and there would be little justice for this man, reunited with his son missing since the gas attacks. presumed dead like his brothers or the still unidentified children like baby number 14 on a poster at at clinic outside damascus. many syrians don't what the regime to just get a slap on the wrist. lester? >> richard engel tonight, thank you. >>> now as promised, why we're here in washington today. 50 years ago today a quarter of a million people marched on th
as a pivotal number. the resistance axis. in fact, iranian assets, hezbollah are deeply involved in the syrian conflict, and there's a major risk of miscalculation. the iranian leader, the supreme leader khomeini warned yesterday that any attack on syria could basically be disastrous and, in fact, i would argue there's a real potential for escalation for a regionwide conflict. in particular, the attack on syria is basically provides a context for regional powers to get more involved. >> fawaz, that's the concern there. there's also the complexity in the united states economically as we look at the dow as well as oil prices. >> well, absolutely. already as you know, richard, oil prices are up. there's a great deal of anxiety. the market is very anxious. but imagine, as you said, imagine if this particular conflict intensifies and escalates. imagine if iran becomes nuclear involved and saudi arabia and the strait of hormuz. this would have severe impact on the world economy, particularly the american economy. a much more concern about a regionwide conflict whereby israel and iran and hezbollah a
and their ally hezbollah. a leading cleric went as far to accuse the lebanese state of working against the sunnies. >> the lebanese state are unfortunately arresting our men and collaborating with hezbollah. we demand hezbollah stop fighting. we call on our men to exercise restraint and we'll protect ourselves. >> reporter: another side was less diplomatic. he threatened hezbollah with retaliation. >> they began fight, and we will return as well. they will know in the few coming days they will know. >> reporter: statements like these may be driven by anger, but there is no doubt hatred is growing in a deeply divided country. al jazeera, tripoli. >> let's take you back to a main story we're following here. the situation in syria, the allegations of the use of chemical weapons, and indications from around the world that they're looking for plans of intervention. let's bring in the director of the center for military political analyst at the hudson institute, a think tank based in washington, d.c. thank you for joining us. first of all what kind of options do you think the obama administr
think they are. look how had you sane was 2ku6r7d? >> hezbollah that is moved in a militia, there are thousands of forces, hezbollah forces, iranian advisers in there. he's not going anywhere. he's going to stay for the fight. this is not anywhere near over. he believes he's going to get the support he needs. hezbollah went in and assisted people and iran during the green revolution. here's a return of hezbollah people to another location, you know, the shia from lebanon are on the ground, and you have iranian forces helping him. the best thing we can do is degrade his -- and i think that if you do that, you sustain that for a period of time, then it will have some effect, but it's not going to happen overnight, and he's not going to throw in the towel. >> my point is -- >> he's not throwing in the towel. >> i don't know that the that's what i'm asking. if the damage is great enough, general mccaffery, you're talking 660 days. if the damage is great enough, who knows what may happen? all of this may turn around. or what, therefore, if we can't overthrow assad, if we're not
speak, the two sides, on one side you have assad, hezbollah, iran, horrible people. on the other side, increasingly dominated by al qaeda, and other islamic extremist, the team that brought you 9/11. now, right now, in syria, our enemies are killing each other. why on earth, where in our constitution does it say we should stop our enemies from killing each other and by the way, i don't like either side in this, but i want somebody to tell me what tangible, strategic or security benefit the united states gets from intervening in syria. no, obama wants to launch cruise missiles to redeem his personal image. >> bill: be that as it may, you are overlooking the humanitarian issue of a vittle violation of the geneva convention and the use of chemical weapons. if that is allowed to stand, forget about it, it's going to be used all over the world, what say you, colonel hunt? >> the u.s. government, the abercrombie and fitch -- the british and the french has not confirmed the use of chemical weapons. the doctors without borders has. not sure who used the chemical weapons. >> bill: the delivery
hasan rohani. but the other ally in the region, the lebanese group hezbollah. >> iran has some ability to retaliate, this is the natural response iran prefers to use, an attack on israel would be likely the expected reaction from the regime. >> the attacks could be launched from hezbollah south of lebanon. it's known that hezbollah has access of rockets capable of hitting all the way down here in tel aviv, an israel fear. as syria's ambassador to be u.n. has said, israel is in the state of war and preparing for worst. >> john thank you, back to you, the biggest hot spots in the world, which makes it even more delicate for the obama administration, right? >> oh, yes. very much so. i think everyone's seeing that perhaps the initial action may be directed towards israel and i think we've already seen today a call-up of reservists to help with a possible retaliation. we've seen further deployment of miss i'll batteries along the syrian border, and they're preparing for a direct attack or some sort of terrorist action. >> what if iran gets involved? >> then this becomes more of a regional c
that to happen. they can also activate hezbollah and the iranian revolutionary guard. they have networks around the world and to carry out terror attacks against country supporting military action. this is not going to be something the west once. this is something they need to mull over in their considerations. we have also heard from iran, the chief of the revolutionary guard saying that an attack on syria would see the immediate destruction of israel. that is not going to be something washington is going to take lightly as a threat. >> as the u.s. and allies prepare for a military strike, what is syria doing to pair for -- prepare for what may come? >> from the reports we have been receiving, the syrian army has evacuated almost all its personnel from army and security command headquarters inside damascus. as for army units outside the capital city, they have been confiscating trailer trucks, which understandably will be used to move heavy equipment from one location to another. we have also been told that the syrian navy is docking in areas that are usually reserved for civilian traffic. doc
, of vladimir putin and hezbollah? hezbollah is his big partner over there. they're all over israel, lebanon. they can hurt us, i suppose. what would be their reaction if we got involved in this war against damascus? >> already israel has put some of its anti-missile systems on high alert. israel is concerned that hezbollah could be activated, that iran, hezbollah, the syrian regime could decide to retaliate by diverting attention. the united states is attacking us in syria. well, hezbollah, our allies is going to attack the zionist enemy and we're going to try to motive the entire middle east. it's an old playbook in the middle east by saddam hussein's era, but so is using chemical weapons. i don't think anyone can really rule that out. russia has already said it's not going to go to war over syria, but it still supplies a lot of weapons. it supplies a lot of political support. but i don't think you're going to see necessarily russian troops flowing over in syria to help the fight. >> okay. the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff at home, martin dempsey has been seen as a skeptical voice
will see some of you here on tuesday where we're also going to have an event. that one is about hezbollah's global reach. matt levitt of the washington institute has a book by that name that is being released on tuesday. and, today, we are holding this event in association with the studies we will be releasing shortly. it's a study about serious military opposition, how effective jihadi or united, that's written by three authors from the washington institute, and we have advanced unproved copies of this study what you're at the registration table and you're welcome to pick one up on your way out. the study will be released, well, soon, not yet and, therefore, is not on our website debt. today, to draw upon this study and to discuss the potential for he is military actions, we have three speakers, two of the study's authors are jeffrey white and andrew tabler, and jeff will speak first, longtime dia official and he will analyze the military opposition as a military force. so focus of his presentation is indeed about the opposition itself, that is also the focus of andrew tabler's presentat
, did he lose credibility and respect and does that send a signal to others? hezbollah, russia, that america doesn't have the courage or conviction to act? >> greg, i think it sends a signals to those enemies and adversaries but also to our allies that the united states may not be serious about enforcing red lines or enforcing commitments. if you're benjamin netanyahu in israel right now you've heard the president say i don't bluff and i will stop iran from developing nuclear weapons you may not be taking that commitment seriously. you may be making your own decisions about how you're going to defend your country and your people from an iranian regime supporting assad using wmd against syrian people while developing a nuclear weapon that the iranian regime wants to use against the jewish state. >> right. and netanyahu in fact said syria is the field test of iran. so, look. what about a narrow military option of air strikes. you know, you stand off weapons cruz missiles that would not jeopardize u.s. personnel, i mean, couldn't they destroy syrian government functions, delivery
hezbollah. a cleric went so far as to accuse the lebanese state of working against the sunnies. >> the lebanese state, unfortunately, are arresting our men and collaborating with hezbollah. we call on our men to exercise restraint, and we will decide how to protect ourselves. >> reporter: another commander of the movement was less diplomatic. he threatened hezbollah with retaliation. >> they begin fight, and we will return as well. they will know in the new coming days they will know. >> reporter: statements like these may be driven by anger but there is no doubt that hatred is growing in a deeply divided country. >> the government of russia has promised to do more to help people of eastern russia who have been devastated by extreme flooding. flood levels have reached the highest lefts of 120 years. al jazeera's peter sharp went to one community that was wiped out by floodwaters in just 15 minutes. >> reporter: andre wants to get home. this small community near the banks of the river was inundated in just 15 minutes. most of the people are staying with family in the city. it's
the chemical weapons might be transferred to hezbollah. more than 10,000 missiles aimed at the jewish state and threats emanating from hezbollah for many years. they were worried about that for years. the prime minister said iran is watching this situation. hezbollah is watching this situation to find out if there's any global response to the use of chemical arms. they are predicting some kind of u.s. military action on that front. richard. >> appreciate it. we already know the u.s. has sent four different ships in the region and the president has ruled out boots on the grountds but not the possibility of some of those missiles from those ships in the area. >> which is something we'll expect to hear later in the day. >>> in india, there have been shocking reports of sexual assaults. coming up next, our own correspondent describes her frightening experience of being harassed. od gummies. they're fruity delicious! just two gummies have 4 grams of fiber! to help support regularity! i want some... [ woman ] hop on over! [ marge ] fiber the fun way, from phillips'. [ woman ] hop on over! >>> to
. >>woodruff: what about iran, what about hezbollah which is-vd backers? >> hezbollah they're not interested in getting into it-w. and iran i think will be very cautious in kind of a traditional way. there's always the possibility for some kind of covert act against u.s. interest, a terrorist attack or so on. and hezbollah and iran can certainly mount those but i don't think any great large scale direct retaliation against anybody. >>woodruff: richard haass use is moments ago the office of house spieker john boehner said, in conversation with the white house, not with the president but the white house, said that any military action has to be preceded by consultation with congress, clearly to find objectives, broader objectives for stability. what does this statement introduce, is this going to be an element of consulting with congress? >> the consultations have already begun. i don't think the administration will require or slow down for any formal congressional authorization but it would be foolish not to consult with congress. reinforce the idea that the united states does need to respond
to be concerned about iran and what iran affiliates in iran and hezbollah might do. >> that's right. we have to look at what assad does internally, what he does against israel, against jordan and turkey. if there is a direct attack on a nato al lie, nato may be more involved than they have been to date. i think you're right to point out that iran has a lot surrogates and probsys in the region, their own internal intelligence services, the mois could be in force, as well as hezbollah, which said they will fight to defend syria to the death. >> spider, i want to ask you a common sense question a lot of people have about asking me. the u.s. has been talking about the strike for days. syria has to be listening. assad has to be listening to this. every day that the united states waits here, doesn't that give assad a chance to prepare? >> oh, it does. what it really tells you is the limits of american influence in that part of the world, very much degraded over the course of years. what we say is not as significant in terms of what we do and the preparations we take and the very discernible action
, but hezbollah and others from using these weapons, well. >> john, before president obama became president of the united states, he kept talking about the importance of any military action that the u.s. engages in being preapproved by congress. that is simply not something that seems is going to happen in this case. >> he's not the first person to get into the executive branch and have different views about executive powers. look, he has the perspective of a commander in chief now. the commander in chief has to make these very weighty decisions. there are a number of complications here. they believe, and most of the executive department lawyers will tell you, under the war powers act, they can do this in a limited way. if he called congress back, anderson, and wanted a vote, there are some who question whether he should win. those who have seen the intelligence tend to be supportive of the administration. i believe in time they could win a voting congress, but what would that do to the timeline? so there is no indication. the consultations have ramped up considerably in the last 24 to 48 h
the syrians but hezbollah, al qaeda, iran from using these weapons as well. >> it is interesting, before president obama became the president of the united states he talked about the importance of military action the u.s. engages in being preapproved by the legislative branch, by congress. that's not something that seems will happen in this case. >> he's not the first person to get in the executive branch and have different views about executive powers. he sounds, forgive me, more like dick cheney than senator barack obama in 2008 and 2007. he has the perspective of the commander in chief. that is not said as a political shot. he has to make weighty decision and there are a number of complications here and number one, they believe most executive department lawyers will tell you under the war powers ak hey can do it in a limtd way. he would have to go to congress, if he wanted a vote there are some that question whether he could win. those who have seen intelligence seem to be supportive of the congress. but what would it do to the time line and precedent for the executive branch? there's
line threat, gerry, what conclusion would iran, to a lesser extent hezbollah, draw in their quest to dominate and influence the middle east? >> well i think that's one of the factors that will have to be taken into consideration. i'm sure it is taken into consideration at the white house right now. iran is the elephant in the room in several ways. first of all it provides a lot of arms that fuel the regime in syria. second this syrian civil war is not just a civil war anymore. it is kind of a regional proxy war between iran, syria, hezbollah, that axis on one side and just about everybody else in the middle east on the other side. it is pretty much an iran proxy war in some ways. third as you suggest, iran has a nuclear weapons program. its own nuclear program the u.s. fears could become a nuclear weapons program. gregg: sure. >> so how the west and the u.s. in particular treat the syrian weapons of mass destructions destruction, program, chemical weapons program will be watched as well. gregg: it comes down to the credibility and of course the president put his credibility at ris
with a rocket fire from hezbollah after they withdrew from lebanon and it was only until the israelis engaged in very far-reaching military that they were successful at least in dealing with the threat from hezbollah and had missed -- mixed results but i do not see the u.s. engaging in those kinds of very far-reaching military operations at this point. the second lesson is to get it right from the start and do not try to deter or manage the problem on the cheap. again, this is one of the lessons from iraq in the 1990's. what finally put together all of the elements of a successful course of policy was operation desert fox but that was intended as a parting shot. we have given up on the inspections at that time and i see it really is a face-saving effort to hit them hard as we kind ofking away to provide political cover for the administrative decision to give up on you and weapons inspections. atwould have been better those kinds of operations, if we carried them out at the beginning of our course of diplomacy because maybe the decade, we would have had an easier time with you and weapons insp
, but at the same time, we've also heard from some of syria's closest regional allies, including hezbollah, including the iranian government, they, too, have stood by the syrian government in saying that any type of military conflict would have serious consequences for the united states across the region. they haven't gone any further to explain or to elaborate on what that means. given some of the recent positions of the government and hezbollah in recent months and now that they're so fully invested in this conflict with fighters in arms and sometimes more than that inside the country, they, too, will be directly affected by any type of military response, should that happen. that is, again, the major concern here among the region. that the united states will ultimately perhaps through its military intervention in syria, could be widening the scope of the theater of operations from hezbollah and iran should that happen. >> mark, let me bring you back in. what information can you provide to us regarding the president's cabinet as well as advisers? are they moving toward being a united fron
with -- they're not going to side with hezbollah. hezbollah just lost the war. it was on the other side. hezbollah is the with the assad government. >>clearly wants some kind of transition, that sees assad step down and secular -- >> we all want that. it's called christmastime. >> that's right. that's the problem with syria. this is the strategic center. no country is more important. no country is more divided web it comes to ethnic groups, sectarian division. that's a problem -- >> how do you do no warm? >> how do you do no warm? a and once you cross the tlesh hold and are engraged many military action you're not blamed for everything that follows because of action or inaction. there's danger that we get sucks into it step by step. this is the kind of thing opol r polarizing the regions. >> the hawks who want us to go in, against iran, iraq, against everybody, want us to go in this time again which makes me suss pish suspicious. robin wright. thanks so much. we'll be right back. one that's 80% smaller. uses 89% less energy. and costs 77% less. it's called hp moonshot. and it's giving t
and reverse the momentum which is on the side of bashar al assad, iran, hezbollah and other radical groups. >> many americans have war fatigue at this point and are unsure where this leads. i'm curious, if we do that, what happens? if we do nothing, what happens? >> if we do nothing, then the slaughter continues. as i said, and these want to do nothing do not realize or appreciate the fact that this is becoming a regional conflict. you cannot confine this to syria. look what's happening in iraq as we speak? more killing than there's been since 2008. restoring of al qaeda in both iraq and in syria. particularly in iraq. you're seeing lebanon having increased violence. jordan is on brinking, on the brink of having to, the overthrow of the government. this is spreading. and you can't confine it. and the only way you're going to solve this is help those people overthrow bashar al assad, and is it complicated? is it difficult? of course. but it is much more complicated and difficult than that we had helped these people two years ago. >> a perplexing thing that has happened, the arab league of w
of violence here. keep in mind that hezbollah, which has been one of the strongest allies of the syrian regime, is based out of southern lebanon. they have stood by president assad throughout this entire conflict sending fighters and troops to fight alongside his regime. so there is the growing concern that across the region there can be a massive uptick in violence of those who support the president of syria if, in fact, the u.s. strikes. we've heard from a senior iranian commander saying that any american strike on syria would almost be the second vietnam war for the american military and it would not secure israel, an indication that perhaps there can be violence in the region. so that's certainly another dimension to it. all roads really of the syrian conflict do lead to lebanon by some extent. there is a massive concern in jordan and lebanon that there could be a massive uptick in refugees pouring across the border. that is something neither one of those two countries can handle given the economic stresses the current refugee strike has caused. >> people in damascus indicate civilians are
the attack was probably carried out by the islamist extremist group and not hezbollah. benjamin netanyahu said in a statement anyone who tried to attack his people know israelis will hurt them. southern lebanon is a stronghold and there have been tensions along the border. more soldiers were wounded in an explosion in the area. the operator of a power plant is struggling from releasing radioactive water from leaking into the sea. they are pumping out highly contaminated water built in an underground tunnel. it's about 60 meters from the sea near a building housing the number two reactor turbine. tepco estimates the tunnel contains 210 tons of contaminated water. after the water is pumped out, it will be filtered to lower levels and be stored inside steel tanks. tepco has known about the tunnel water since immediately after the nuclear next march of 2011. representatives say they only recently realized the water is leaking. they must pump out an estimated 15,000 tons of highly radioactive wastewater from all underground tunnels. the utility doesn't know when the work can be completed. now
hezbollah. >>> the wildfire near yosemite park has nearly tripled in size. the approaching fire now covers 84 square miles and is estimated to be just 2% contained. melissa chan is near yosemite with more. >> reporter: well, earlier on thursday governor brown declared this a state of emergency, and what that means is they'll be able to cut through the bureaucratic red tape, get resources here faster, and frankly the firefighters here need all the help they can get. what is called the rim fire tripled in size in less than 24 hours. at one point licking close to the incident command center up in the mountains. the base wher for firefighters d other teams. >> it's not burning into yosemite park yet but it is moving east to the bark. yosemite is an iconic national park, s the fire team here is doing their utmost to keep it out of the park. >> reporter: for now yosemite remains open. but only a small part of fire has been contained. >> reporter: the fire jumped the highway we took earlier. this is a remote and mountainous part of california, and one of many wildfires happening simultaneously ac
explosion killed civilians and has a strong hold in beirut. s hezbollah is fighting. this is a country polarized by the syrian war. and tripoli is a volatile city. those opposing have engaged in gun battles many times in the past. it is a time of heightened tensions. the blasts were not unexpected. a few days ago, the lebanese army stepped up security across the country. it said it was fighting what it called a total war against terrorists who are trying to start a sectarian war. >> this is a result of the syrian conflict between the al-assad regime and the syrian rebels. i feel it has leaked over into lebanon, mainly the north and the south reporter>> lebanese leaders believes those behind the blasts responsible for the bombing in beirut's southern suburbs. they are trying to play down tensions but there is no doubt lebanon security is at risk. >>> the sentencing phase of the trial begins monday for majoro nadal hassan. a military jury found him guilty much can iing -- killing 13 fellow soldiers in 2009. he admitted to the murders in court and had no reaction on friday when the guilt
intervention would cross the redline with severe consequences. they have supporters in iran, iran and hezbollah could go against israel, there is a danger of a regional war. we have to remember the u.s. defense secretary may have said that the military plans are in place, that they're ready to strike at any time but he cautioned and he said there will be no action until we are sure and we have conclusive proof that chemical weapons were actually used by the regime. and this, in fact, could take weeks. the u.s. administration also in a very difficult position. if it does cripple the regime. the new force on the grown, the opposition force, those at least that seem to be the most powerful are linked to al qaeda groups which are anti u.s. >> many of the wildfires raging across the west are showing no signs of slowing down. firefighters are bracing for strong winds that could make the blaze further into the northeast corner of yosemite national park. the largest fire is burning in central california, that's the rim fire as it is called and it is only 7% contained and its impact is being if he would
to determine is it going to be too strong, too larynglarge. what constitutes too strong. hezbollah said if it is deemed to be too strong a military response to the chemical attacks, then they will attack israel. that's been their statement. israel has said they will respond ferociously should something like that occur. that has led to the united states obviously having to rethink exactly what would transpire because they have to walk this delicate line. it has to be strong enough to make the point, it has to be if you want to call it weak enough to not rail everybody in the other directions, including iran. everybody, the russians, iranians and everybody saying it could be catastrophic if that strike is too large. everybody is wondering and waiting how big will this response be. it all does depend on a little if you are time, those u.n. inspectors have to come out of damascus and they are working as hard as fast presumably as they can today. >> with the united states poised to take military action in syria, i'm joined by douglas olivant to discuss possible military strategies. if the u.
any kind of capability they have sleeper cell, terrorist attacks, use of hezbollah to attack israel attacking our targets in the region, u.s. military we should have a plan in place to respond to each of those potential. we should not make any assumptions. a good military planner plans against capabilities not assumptions. we should have a plan of response assuming that all these could possibly happen. >> what do you make general, of the russians moving two ships into the mediterranean? is this them flexing their muscles? >> yeah, i think that's more just to send a signal or demonstrate their displeasure. it's not a threat in any way. we certainly have overwhelming force compared to them in the region. i don't think they're interested in any way interfering with us. i think it's their way of mess and sending. >> are you surprised at the leaks that we're hearing coming out about this situation? >> yeah, you know, it's not surprising though because it's been that way. we went through the same things you know, with iraq and the attacks on the terrorist targets. it
their supporters, the irani iranianings and hezbollah will respond, but you have to assume a worst-case scenario that they will take action against the united states. >> absolutely. like i said, a military commander if he's prudent plans against all possible capabilities. sometimes or political masters want to assume away a problem, and don't let the military commanders ease voice be heard. it's important that everybody understands what the sticker price for this could be down the road. this is not going to be confined to syria. this is a regional conflict, and it looks more and more like it's going to explode. with ed a lot of work to do to build international and regional cooperation and support for this. i don't see it there now. there's a few selective allies, the tried and true that are with us, but we need to be sure they're going to pony up and share the burden and be there at the point when we do something, and be able to support us. it's not there now. that concerns me greatly. >> and it concerns a lot of military officers, and as i say, i've spoken with several of them over the past fe
, but israeli tv show troppo the damage. rockets were fired from an area that is a hezbollah stronghold. there was no immediate claim of responsibility, but israel blamed what it called a global jihad he -- jihadi organization. row after row of corpses -- that is the latest product of syria's civil war. >> opposition forces say hundreds of people were killed in a chemical attack outside of damascus on wednesday. the french have raised the possibility of using force if the allegations prove to be true. >> in berlin, the turkish foreign minister called on the international community to intervene immediately. >> the german foreign minister's meeting with his turkish counterpart was dominated by allegations that as many as 1300 people have been killed in a chemical attack in syria. he demanded an investigation. >> if these reports are confirmed, it would be outrageous and a crime against humanity. that means it is urgently necessary that the inspectors be allowed immediate access so they can investigate everything. >> both ministers criticized the united nations security council's response.
on the ground. >> as you know, there are other factors which you fail to reference, which include hezbollah, iran, other foreign fighters that we have said many times have strengthened the hands of the regime. >> reporter: the u.s. wouldn't say where the new u.s. ambassador samantha powers was when the deputy convened the session. >> there was no dishonor -- >> she had a previously scheduled trip. i don't think i need to be any further. >> the british and french were represented at the emergency session of the security council, also at the deputy level. at her confirmation hearings last month, samantha powers called the fail of the security council a disgrace, that history will judge harshly. >> thank you, james. >>> and now, former president hosni mubarak is out of prison today, transferred where he is under house arrest. the president approved the move after the violence followed the overthrow of mubarak's successor, mohammed morsi. several people protested outside the white house against the attacks on christians in egypt, as we told you yesterday, the strikes have accelerated dramatical
revolutionary guards. is hezbollah on your side? that matters. it has helped the assad regime able to reclaim an important strategic outpost of hezbollah on the ground carrying guns entering into the fight and tipping the balance. that matters. when america says it doesn't. i think it is absolutely true obama has no intention of intervening and the idea he came up with today the one you showed about international law is really absurd. the idea that we ought to have a moral glide should the security council and blessing of the chinese and dictator in putin, the russians, who bit off a chunk of georgia a couple years ago sending in his army, these are the moral arbiters of what ought to be done in the world is really quite unbelievable. >> there wasn't any international law caveat in his redline statement. >> exactly. he was in the redline he tried to say america will make a decision on the basis of a moral principle that overrides all of us. clearly when the bluff is called, he has no intention of doing this. so now the principle, you don't gas people to death, disappears and he erases the red
to a number of th, and they believe the army cooperating with hezbollah against them, and really this is why it is so dangerous. two attacks, one targeting a shiite community, and another attack just a week apart, so a lot of people feel they're going to see iraq-style bombings in lebanon. maybe it's too early to say that, but what i can say is after talking to people here, some of them even threaten hezbollah with retaliation. now some may saye say that it'sr causing them to say these things. they're calling for calm to be percented on the street, but really this is deeply polarizing and it's because of the war in syria. >> a tense volatile situation. live from the northern lebanese city tripoli, more details are revealed from the trial of chinese politician bo xilai. he said he was careless with money but denies embezzlement. a former police chief in china has testify against the former politician. we have more from where the youe trial was being held. >> bo xilai's long time friend and ally, police chief where bo xilai ruled a as secretary. the two men gave very different accounts leading
rely on an ally here in lebanon. the hezbollah a armed group and hezbollah and eye yann can strike israel, america's alie. in strike to spark a regional war with no mandate or a form of a form of consensus. we have heard the u.s. defense secretary say plans are in place, the military is ready. at the same time he stressed we still are waiting for conclusive evidence and facts about these allegations of chemical weapon attacks before any ax action is taken. >> you mentioned the u.s., you mentioned they could go at it alone. but, what exactly are the west's other options in dealing with the syria conflict? >> well, right now we know there is a military stalemate on the ground. some may argue that the regime has the upper hand. it still controls the main population centers, damascus, the coast, so, there are those that say the regime is still -- it has the upper hand. now, if the regime emerges victorious, this is a blow to the united states, a victory in syria means a victory for iran. right now what option does the u.s. have? the rebels, the fighting e on the ground, the most powerf
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